PostgraduateIntegrative Counselling and Psychotherapy for Children, Adolescents and Families

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  • You will be equipped with the necessary skills to work with a wide range of people with a range of psychological issues in a variety of settings.
  • Our approach incorporates aspects of theory and practice from three main therapeutic traditions; person-centred, attachment-based and psychodynamic.
  • There is an opportunity to gain work placement experience whilst studying through our excellent partnership with the School of Education.
  • You will be taught by experts in the field who have many years of experience in the Psychological Therapies and their teaching draws upon their knowledge and expertise.
  • The impact of our research has been judged as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (Research Excellence Framework 2014).

Summary

This programme provides training in counselling and psychotherapy to become eligible for the BACP (British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy) individual practitioner accreditation. This three year part-time postgraduate degree is especially designed to provide you with the skills, knowledge and expertise necessary to work in primary and secondary schools making a positive impact in children and young people’s mental health. 

This course helps you to become a practitioner who is able to work with child and adolescent clients one-to-one, who present with diverse psychological issues in a variety of settings including both mainstream and special education, children’s hospitals and children’s and adolescent’s mental health  (CAMHS). You will become critically reflective and develop an enquiring attitude to theory, research and practice in complex areas of counselling and psychotherapy especially in respect to working with children and adolescents.

 Based on the approach for the Integrative and Counselling Psychotherapy course, our integrative approach, is at the forefront of counselling and psychotherapy theory, practice and research. It incorporates aspects from three main therapeutic traditions; person-centred, attachment-based and psychodynamic. You will be encouraged to explore psychological processes and experiences from these different perspectives, and recognise the theoretical, personal and cultural assumptions which influence your work.

This programme includes a focus on both child centred (based on Carl Roger’s person centred approach) and psychodynamic perspectives and integrates these within a framework for understanding psychological and mental growth. Throughout the programme, you will develop a high level of awareness of self and the demands of the therapeutic process. This will be achieved through your own personal therapy and via small group clinical supervision that runs parallel to the practice placements.

You will be taught by leading experts in the field who lead on cutting-edge research projects and who have excellent links to school based counselling and child and adolescent psychopathology underpinned by our research centres CREST – Centre for Research in Social & Psychological Transformations CARICAW- Centre for Applied Research & assessment in Child and Adolescent Wellbeing.  

As well as cognitive and reflective skills, you will also learn practical ways of working with your clients in a therapeutic relationship to address conscious and unconscious needs and produce a change in emotional and cognitive processes and behaviour. This involves integrating complex and advanced skills, and responding creatively to complex, novel and unpredictable situations.

Our teaching includes life-span developmental theories, therapeutic skills practice in small groups, supervision of client work in small groups, critical analysis of approaches and research into counselling and psychotherapy. You will develop a critical understanding of the role of research in the development of the counselling and psychotherapeutic disciplines, and be able to incorporate research knowledge into clinical practice. You are required to be in personal therapy throughout the course, which will help you to develop a high level of awareness of self and the therapeutic process, to be able to use this constructively in therapeutic encounters. You will be equipped with the necessary skills to work with a wide range of people with a range of psychological issues in a variety of settings.

Closely associated with our MA in Integrative Counselling & Psychotherapy for working with Adults (BACP Accredited), this new pathway takes expertise from our MSc in Attachment Studies and the MA in Play Therapy (Child Centred) as integral components of this new programme.

This three year part-time postgraduate degree will incorporate Infant Observation and Attachment Theory in the first year. You will gain an in-depth understanding of early years development and develop skills in in observation of child and adult attachment behaviour in order to learn about the development of attachment in safe or typical children and for the purpose of clinical assessment. Based on the Tavistock model of child observation where the primary focus is on the experientially developing your capacity to become a receptive observer, you will be expected to complete twenty hours of observation in your first year. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the role of play in child development and as a therapeutic metaphor in order to develop an understanding of the child-centred theory and non-directive Play Therapy skills through which to engage with a child, to develop a therapeutic relationship and to help the child to make sense of difficult life experiences.

In year two, you will focus on working with Primary School Age Children and their Families and will focus on a Person Centred Play Therapy and Attachment Intervention approach. As well as attending classes at the University students will spend at least one day per week on placement. Your placement will be a supervised clinical placement in which you will gain the necessary skills to become a competent practitioner. Your placement will focus on working with working with primary age children using a child centred play therapy approach underpinned by a good working knowledge of the importance of Attachment Theory. Placements will be in a variety of settings including both private and state schools, including nursery and pre-school provision, mother and child units and Children’s hospitals as well as other appropriate settings. You will be expected to complete a minimum of sixty hours of client work under qualified supervision.

In year three, you will see a change in focus to a more Psychodynamic approach in working with Secondary age children together with an introduction to cognitive-behavioural therapy and a research project. 

You who will be able to work with child and adolescent clients one-to-one,  in a variety of settings including primary and secondary schools, children’s hospitals and children’s and adolescent’s mental health (CAMHS).

*What is validation?
As a requirement of its registration with the Office for Students, the University is required to comply with a quality and standards condition which includes a requirement to have well-designed programmes giving a high quality academic experience. In order to discharge this responsibility, the University conducts regular and systematic monitoring and reviewing of programmes and implements changes considered necessary as a result (‘re-validation’). This programme is currently undergoing a re-validation exercise and may therefore change. The University will publish details of the amended programme which it anticipates will be by the end of June in the academic year prior to the start date of the course. You are advised to check the University website then to ensure that you have up-to-date information. In the meantime, if you require information, you should contact 0208 392 3232.

Life at Roehampton

At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.

We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.

We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.